Hospital Infections Less Likely at Rural Hospitals, New Federal Report Says

Posted on behalf of Stewart Bell, PLLC on Oct 26, 2016 in Medical Malpractice

a doctor in surgeryAccording to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services, healthcare-associated infections are less likely to occur at hospitals in rural areas than hospitals in urban areas. Healthcare-associated infections include surgical site infections and urinary tract infections associated with catheters, among others.

Researchers compared the performance of urban and rural hospitals that participated in the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program in the 2015 fiscal year.

Researchers found that 26 percent of urban hospitals were penalized for hospital-acquired infections while just 14 percent of rural hospitals were penalized.

Researchers also studied urban and rural hospitals that participated in the Hospital Readmissions Reduction program and discovered that rural facilities are doing an excellent job of coordinating care.

The report says that rural hospitals have small networks of referring hospitals and post-acute care providers.

In some rural areas, hospitals, nursing homes and outpatient facilities are in the same physical location and have the same owner. This helps to foster collaboration in different settings and with different types of care.

However, while rural hospitals have some advantages, they also have significant challenges, including:

  • Limited financial resources
  • Small staffs
  • Small electronic infrastructure

One positive for urban hospitals in the report is that these facilities had lower readmission rates than rural hospitals, as 79 percent of rural facilities were penalized for readmissions compared to just 76 percent of urban hospitals.

Readmission to a hospital after receiving treatment could be a sign of medical malpractice by doctors and other medical professionals at the facility.

If you have been a victim of medical malpractice, you could be entitled to compensation for the various damages you have suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages, physical pain and emotional suffering.

The medical malpractice lawyers at Stewart Bell, PLLC will review your claim for free and determine if you have a case. If you do, we will begin a thorough investigation to build a strong case that will provide you with the best opportunity to recover all of the compensation that you are entitled.

Contact us right now by calling 304-345-1700 or completing our Free Case Evaluation form.

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